Silicon Valley Music & Entertainment
Main Office Location: By Appointment Only
San Jose, CA 95120
Contact: Carlos Almeida
Service Area: Greater San Francisco Bay Area from Big Sur to Lake Tahoe. Smaller groups will travel out of state.
Silicon Valley Music offers professional live music services with acts ranging from jazz trios to 14-piece ensembles. Silicon Valley Music will work with you to find the right musical selection to fit your ceremony and reception vibe. Inclusive packages (ceremony, cocktail, dinner, and dancing) are available.
Trios start at $650.
Certified By The Guide Reviews(What does this mean?)
“I would hire them again in a heartbeat.”
“Carlos was a superman! I just can’t stop raving about them. They offer great value and fantastic music.”
“They were fun on stage and it looked like they really enjoyed what they were doing, which in turn, enhanced the party vibe of our reception. Everyone had fun.”
“Their range is immense. They played each genre of music with equal expertise. We had people dancing from 25 years old to 85.”
“There was no DJ type of hype, which I really appreciated. Carlos was the perfect MC and ran the timeline exactly as he had promised.”
“We wanted an elegant event, and the music and band fit. The music was perfect. They played anything we asked for.”
“They have a lot of energy and are fun for everyone to watch and to listen to.”
“One thing that sets them a part from other bands is their sleekness. They had minimal equipment and it all looked very well-designed and stylish.”
Questions and Answers
What 3 words describe your work? Professional, personalized, fun.
Why should someone hire you? I will help you realize your music vision for your wedding. We will plan the details together, within your budget, to create the best possible event, with outstanding results.
What are the common misconceptions about your services? Live Music vs. DJ questions are the most common. Both work very well. DJ's offer infinite music possibilities and are usually less expensive. Musicians offer the energy and interaction of a live performance.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started? After years of performing in many wedding bands, I decided to pull together the very best musicians in the Bay Area to raise the bar of the wedding ensembles.
What are some of sources of inspiration or influences on your work? Most of our musicians have roots in the Jazz idiom. We love the big band sounds of Glen Miller/Tommy Dorsey, the horn bands of the 70's and 80's, and contemporary sounds of many of today's artists.
Tell us about a favorite, unusual or most interesting moment at a wedding: Couples are becoming more creative with their entrances and first dances. We had a bride and groom start off their first dance with a traditional foxtrot then quickly segue into a pop tune bringing the wedding party—all completely choreographed.
Tell us about a wedding you worked on that really makes you proud: Every wedding is special. However, we often get hired by other musicians for their weddings, with a guest list filled with working musicians. We're proud that we able to deliver with very positive feedback for these very musically savvy clients.
What have weddings have taught you? Often a wedding is the largest event a couple will ever host, logistically and financially. It is important to be more than a vendor, but rather a partner in the planning process.
What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding? Start the planning process early. Sweat the details up front so you can relax and enjoy your day. Trust that if course corrections are required during the event, your band leader/MC will be able to seamlessly adjust. Most of all: have fun!
What are 3 words that describe your personality? Technology-nerd, romantic, detail-oriented-organizer.
What is your favorite quote? "Excellence is the result of doing more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible." —Author Unknown
What's your favorite marriage advice? Always maintain a sense of humor and laugh together.
Extracurricular Activities: Spending time with my wife and 3 kids!
If you weren't in your current profession, what would you do instead? Music Teacher (which I’ve done before).
Silicon Valley Music & Entertainment Covers These Areas:Northern California
- East Bay
- Monterey and Carmel
- Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
- North Bay / Marin
- San Francisco
- Santa Cruz
- South Bay / San Jose
- Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.